It will be a glorious time Sunday, when Archbishop Thomas Wenski celebrates the dedication Mass for St. Katharine Drexel’s new church — the first and only Catholic church in Weston.
It will be the second Catholic church dedicated in less than a month in the Archdiocese of Miami. Notre Dame d’Haiti was dedicated last week, with more than 3,000 happy people in attendance.
Sunday’s Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of the new church building, which has the capacity for 1,100 people.
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church was founded in 2001 and originally celebrated masses in the cafeteria of the Indian Trace School. As attendance grew, the congregation moved in 2002 to a 12,000-square-foot facility in a Weston business district.
The new St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church is at 2501 S. Post Rd. in Weston. A reception will follow the Mass.
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine will celebrate its 62nd birthday with a Women’s Conference to feature gospel recording artist Ann Nesby.
The anniversary activities will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, with the concert with Nesby, a Grammy Award winner, who is the former lead singer of Sounds of Blackness and also is a prolific songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight. The program will also feature Professor Stephen D. English and the Fellowship Community Choir of Miami Gardens.
Tickets for the concert are $15 each in advance and $20 on the day of the concert, and are available at the church, 10701 SW 184th St. in Perrine, or at eventbrite.com. Special VIP tickets are $30 each and include an invitation to meet and greet the artist.
The anniversary worship service will be at 7:30 and 11 a.m. Feb. 23. The Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson, pastor emeritus of the church, will be the guest speaker at both services.
The celebration will continue Feb. 28, with the opening of the “Jesus I’m Desperate for You” Women’s Conference which will open at 7:30 p.m. with a night of worship featuring Gia Wyre, a national gospel recording artist.
The conference will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1, with forums and workshops, and featuring keynote speaker Suzette Caldwell, co-pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church of Houston. Caldwell is the author of the best selling book, Praying to Change Your Life.
Tickets to the conference are $40 through Feb. 28, and $45 at the door on March 1.
Alicia Johnson, first lady of Sweet Home and conference hostess said, “We are praying that God will save and transform the lives of all women who join us during this power packed weekend.”
For more information, call 305-251-5753.
The 19th annual Mitzvah Weekend at Temple Beth Sholom, 4144 Chase Ave. in Miami Beach, will be Feb. 21-23. The theme is “Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration Reform.”
Mitzvah in Hebrew means good deed, and the synagogue invites the public in joining this effort to help make the community a better place.
People who want to participate as volunteers may sign up for a project in advance to guarantee availability of their chosen project. For more information, call the temple at 305-538-7231 or visit the website for a registration form at: www.tbsmb.org.
‘Unlocking the Mind’s Potential’
A day of teachings and meditations entitled “Unlocking the Mind’s Potential” will be presented at Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the center, 1273 Coral Way. The cost of the course is $50 per person and includes a vegetarian lunch.
Gen Kelsang Jampa, teacher of the course, is the Eastern U.S. national spiritual director of the New Kadampa Tradition. He will explain simple, but effective techniques from Buddha’s teachings for unlocking the power and potential of the mind.
Gen Jampa is an American Buddhist monk and is the resident teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center in Texas. He is a longtime disciple of internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
You are invited to the annual Rummage Sale at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay, to be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
My sources tell me that if you go, you will find a large variety of items for sale. Items like clothing and shoes; linens, baby items, kitchen goods, records, books, videos, holiday items, jewelry, and handbags, all laid out for you in Schofield Hall.
On the lawn you will find the plants and furniture department. And if you get hungry, the bake shop will have many homemade goodies and coffee for sale the entire day. There will also be lunch, snacks and cold drinks for sale — all under the big tent on the lawn.
Early risers will find coffee waiting for them at the door at 7:30 a.m. at the bake shop.
Church to honor firefighters
Here is a good thing:
Christ Fellowship will honor firefighters at a free appreciation breakfast to be at 9 a.m. on Feb. 19, at the church, 8900 SW 168th St. in Palmetto Bay, in the Middle School Room.
The breakfast is open to all active and retired firefighters. If you go, registration is available online at cfmiami.org/fire.
The south Dade Hadassah and the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center will present an evening with noted author Genie Milgrom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 11155 SW 112th Ave. in Rotunda Building 3.
Milgrom is an international business woman who was born in Havana to a Roman Catholic family of Spanish ancestry. She was always interested in her family genealogy, but when she learned there was a possibility that she had Jewish roots, her search for the truth about her family’s past took on a deeper significance. She was able to document her unbroken maternal lineage, going back as far as 1480 to pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal.
Currently the president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, Milgrom has been awarded the State of Florida Genealogy Award for her outstanding achievements and advances in the pioneer work she has done in genealogy. Her book, “My 15 Grandmothers,” was published recently.
History of South Dade churches
Foundations of Faith — History of Churches in South Dade by Marie Wagner, recently was published to coincide with black History Month and is available on line with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Goulds coalition of Ministers and Lay People.
Wagner said this is the first edition of brief histories of some of the churches in South Dade — some that are celebrating their 100-year anniversaries.
“I started back during the early days of the Spanish missions and moved to present times,” Wagner said. “Back in the early day, people of all colors and denominations would meet together. Often they would have Sunday school every week, but visiting pastor might come only come once a month.”
She said house churches were a mainstay for decades in South Dade.
To view the book in it’s entirety on line, go to: http://www.. magcloud.com/browse/issue/697395 and click on the gray “preview” button below the image to see all pages. Or you can call Wagner at 623-703-8890.